Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cilla's Gotta Lorra Legs! Drug Raid Spider Settles into Her New Home

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cilla's Gotta Lorra Legs! Drug Raid Spider Settles into Her New Home

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk @Sophie_Doughty

THIS is the huge spider discovered by police as they carried out drugs raids.

It can today be revealed that the giant arachnid rescued from Newcastle's Byker Wall estate was a Chilean rose tarantula.

And the eight-legged beast is now settling in to its new home at an animal rescue and education centre in Northumberland.

We told earlier this week how the spider was found, along with a dog, in a property as police carried out an operation to tackle drug use on the notorious East End estate.

Newcastle City Council seized the tarantula, suspecting it had been neglected. It is now at Pet Connexions and Animal Encounters, in Bradon Mill.

The company takes all kinds of animals to parties, events, schools and other organisations for educational visits, as well as rehoming and rescuing unusual creatures.

Owner Dan Armstrong has named the spider Cilla and says she is settling in well.

He said: "She's doing alright. She doesn't appear to be in too bad a condition. She was really jumpy at first when I tried to handle her, but after giving her a night to settle down she's much better."

She was at first when to handle after giving night to she's much Dan " Northumbria Police officers working in Newcastle's East End launched an operation code-named 'Murus' after residents from the Byker Wall estate reported finding needles, syringes and other drug paraphernalia dumped around the area.The potentially dangerous items had been found in alleys, gardens and playing fields, and police believe homeless drug users travelling to the area specifically. Over recent weeks officers at Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team have been working with Newcastle City Council to gather intelligence on those involved. And earlier this week police carried out a series of dawn raids at the suspects' homes. …

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